October 20, 2014

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Police seek Elyria bank robbery suspect

A bank robbery suspect approaches the counter in this image taken from security at First Place Bank video. (Photo courtesy of Elyria Police)

ELYRIA — Police are looking for a white man who donned large white framed sunglasses, a black Cleveland Indians baseball cap and a shoulder-length black wig and robbed a First Place Bank in Elyria on Tuesday. The suspect remains at large. At about 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, the man entered the bank, 361 Midway Blvd. He Read More…

Killer faces bill for victim’s funeral

Convicted killer Neil Simpson wears a mask during his sentencing in June 2010. (Chronicle file photo)

ELYRIA — Convicted killer Neil Simpson will return to a Lorain County courtroom next month for a hearing on how much he owes in funeral expenses to the family of David Kowalczyk, the owner of a Lorain pizzeria he gunned down during a June 2007 robbery. County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said although he Read More…

Spans over Black River, Ford Road targeted for future repair projects

A car drives along a now-closed section of Ford Road in Elyria when it was open to traffic in the autumn of 2007. Elyria city officials said a closed one-lane span of the road could be replaced by a two-lane structure, but land must be acquired before the $3.2 million project can go forward. (Chronicle file photo)

ELYRIA — The Ohio Department of Transportation has made travel quite a challenge along Gulf Road as it replaced the bridge over Interstate 90. Next year, the proposed replacement of the twin Interstate 90 bridges over the Black River and Ford Road could affect traffic again. ODOT is seeking comment on a project that is Read More…

Dollar General robbed at gunpoint

CARLISLE TWP. — A masked man robbed the Dollar General store on Oberlin-Elyria Road at gunpoint Monday afternoon. The robber was described as a black male of average height and weight driving a small black car, according to sheriff’s Captain James Drozdowski. “He pointed the gun at the one female and ordered them to open Read More…

Elyria Council rejects dispatch back pay

ELYRIA — The city’s police dispatchers have been working without a new contract since July 2009, and it seems like they will be doing so for a while longer. City Council voted 9-0 to reject a fact finder’s report that called for pay increases that would have forced the city to pay thousands in retroactive Read More…

Middle Avenue pipe project digs up diesel-soaked soil

ELYRIA — The Middle Avenue water main replacement project has run into a potentially explosive problem that is so far costing the city more than $65,000. Assistant City Engineer John Schneider said work on the project, which involves replacing old 2-, 4- and 10-inch water mains with approximately 5,549 feet of 12-inch and 1,851 feet Read More…

Elyria Council asked to stop flash mobs

ELYRIA — With the Apple Festival quickly approaching, City Council is being asked to discuss what should be done about flash mobs and if it is pertinent to craft legislation banning them. But it was not entirely clear Monday what prompted such a concern with flash mobs that quick action from Council is being sought. Read More…

Elyria coach Kevin Fell defends himself against accusations Pioneers ran up the score on Amherst

ELYRIA – Anyone who left Friday’s Elyria-Amherst game with the impression the Pioneers were “running up the score” on the Comets is wrong, says Elyria coach Kevin Fell. Aaron Goldhammer, a talk show host on WKNR 850-AM, talked to Fell on the air Monday morning after accusing the veteran coach of trying to embarrass the Read More…

Turnpike crash injures two

Two people suffered what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries in a 4:30 p.m. crash on the Ohio Turnpike westbound lanes by the Elyria-North Ridgeville border. Both the female driver and her male passenger were conscious and alert after being cut from their wrecked station wagon by North Ridgeville firefighters about 5 p.m. The crash, Read More…

Lorain’s Atkinson hired by Georgia Schools

ELYRIA — Lorain Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is moving on to head the DeKalb County Schools. On Monday, in a 6-to-3 vote the Georgia school board ratified Atkinson’s three-year contract with the district, and she is slated to begin her new position Sept. 15. Atkinson’s formal hiring comes two days after she visited DeKalb County to Read More…